Richard’s superb debut album is making a noise in the right places! Recently released and already having extremely positive comments.
As Richard explains in his cover notes, this album is his exploration of Cornish culture starting from where he stands. He is fiercely proud of his Cornish heritage. His family history contains ancestors who ranged from a blacksmith, a clay worker, a stone mason and even a Cornish wrestler! The area he grew up in is steeped in industrial history being deep in the heart of the mining area. 5 tracks on the album are his own self-penned.
There are tales of shipwrecks off the Isle of Scilly with lovely fiddle arrangements, haymaking, women connected to the mine working, The clay makers strike in 1913, the chimneys coming alive again at Carn Brea, celebrating Tom Bawcock and his catch of fish, emigration and much more. To find out you will have to buy the album!
This album is really story-telling at its best and a fine debut album from a young Cornishman, who has studied and gained his Folk degree at Newcastle University and clearly learnt the right way to do things.
The album notes are finished in a recycled paper with old fashioned pictures from old albums, nicely presented.
Richard is a gifted and talented vocalist and musician playing various fiddles, triangle, anvil, bellows and percussion, with various guest musicians including 4 from the Camborne Youth Band, Steve Hunt, Jim Causley, Phil Innes, Jowdy Davey, and Heather Trethewey.
Richard is also one half of the Cornish duo Leski where his music partner is Dulcimer player Kerensa, who have toured and appeared at various festivals. In March he has a trio organised for a gig in West Looe.
Richard is proud of this album and rightly so. Order your copy from the folking store link below…
I am proud to have it in my collection.